Damir Marusic
Damir Marusic is Executive Editor of The American Interest.
Podcast: Obama’s Speech on the Middle East

After President Obama’s May 19th address on his Middle East policy, I sat down with AI Editor Adam Garfinkle. In his previous life, Adam was speechwriter for both Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice when they served as Secretary of State under George W. Bush. He’s been writing a series of line-by-line analyses of President Obama’s […]

Interview: Matthew Hoh on Changing Course in Afghanistan

Late last week I had a chance to sit down for a talk with Matthew Hoh. You might remember his name from when he resigned his post with the State Department in Zabul Province in Afghanistan in 2009. Here’s a link to an article which was published around the time of his resignation. It ought […]

Libya and Iraq, Rebels and Kurds

Making connections between the current engagement in Libya and our ongoing project in Iraq is not usually well received. To be fair, there are perhaps more differences than similarities. The European Union’s plans to ask, at last, for UN permission to send ground troops into Libya is nothing if not agonizingly slow in coming to […]

The Blindness of Interventionism

Though the signs were clear from the start of the Libya operation that people hadn’t clearly thought through the consequences of intervention, it took a tweet from Anne-Marie Slaughter (the recently-departed Director of Policy Planning at the State Department and one-time author for our magazine) to crystallize just what a mess we’re really in. She […]

Against Humanitarian Intervention

The argument one’s been hearing most of all from critics of the intervention in Libya has been over consistency. If we’re so keen on invading Libya for ostensibly humanitarian reasons, why aren’t we fighting a war in Bahrain, Yemen or Côte d’Ivoire? The implication here is two-fold: that the Obama Administration has embarked on this […]

Pop Music
P.J. Harvey’s Black Painting

Let England Shake By P.J. Harvey As you look back over the past decade of popular music, the thing that stands out is how introspective and self-obsessed much of it has been. Given the significance of the events that transpired in the 2000s—from the attacks of 9/11, to an unprecedented two simultaneous foreign wars waged […]

Corruption in Afghanistan

Barry Gewen, who wrote an excellent essay probing the nature of war crimes in our pages several years ago, penned a thought-piece on corruption over at Lawrence Kaplan’s Entanglements the other day. People are complaining about the dreadful amount of corruption in Afghanistan, Mr. Gewen notes, but the idealistic critics don’t know what they’re talking […]

The Ethical versus The Possible

On his excellent blog for our magazine, Peter Berger has clearly laid out the impassioned moral argument for why we ought to think twice about pulling out of Afghanistan. He starts by highlighting a brutal stoning of an adulterous couple recently sanctioned by the Taliban in the north. He admits that it may very well […]

Fighting Islam in Afghanistan

“The GWOT is dead, long live the COFKATGWOT,” Walter Russell Mead likes to joke. It’s spot-on damning, really—a hamfisted rebranding could not change the essence of two wars well underway as President Obama took the reins of power. It was an early PR mistake by an Administration eager to distance itself from its predecessor, a […]


History misunderstood leads to justice denied.

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